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John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 Duke OF Gloucester ST, Annapolis, MD

OBITUARY

Herminia Castillo Tajon Littleton

October 6, 1935May 31, 2019

Herminia Castillo Tajon Littleton, 83, died on May 31, 2019, at home with her family in Annapolis, Maryland. She was born on October 6, 1935 in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines to Antonio Luna Tajon and Adriana Castillo Tajon. Her experiences of living through World War II as a child gave rise to a lifelong commitment to alleviate suffering and build bridges between peoples in a divided world. Herminia graduated from the University of the Philippines with an AB in1955. She traveled to the United States to attend Hartford Theological Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, where she earned a Master of Arts in 1958. While at Harford Seminary, she met and married fellow graduate student, Michael Storey Littleton of Greenbelt, Maryland. After graduation, the Littletons moved to Annapolis, Maryland, where Mr. Littleton joined the faculty of St. Johns College. In the 1960’s, Herminia worked at the YWCA in Annapolis. She was active in the civil rights movement, and worked to further race relations in Anne Arundel County. She later became an Academic Advisor at Anne Arundel Community College, helping countless students to achieve their personal and professional goals. She was a tireless advocate for students with disabilities and students for whom English was a second language. For many years, she was an active member of the United Church of Christ. Throughout her life, Herminia’s interests included family, gardening, sewing, knitting, reading, travel, and music. She devoted much of her time and energy to raising her children and grandchildren. After her husband’s death in 1998, Herminia continued to develop her skill as a writer, and published several volumes of poetry, including Heraklion by the Sea. She frequently traveled and lectured in Europe. She was committed to promoting peace, understanding, and tolerance between nations and diverse religious groups. To that end, she frequently traveled to New York and spoke at the United Nations on behalf of non-governmental organizations seeking peace. Later in life, she embraced her mother’s faith and became a devout member of St. Mary’s Parish in Annapolis. She was an active member of the Ranger Rosary group, and made rosaries to be sent to men and women in service overseas. In recent years she traveled to Mexico and delivered food and supplies to impoverished communities. She participated in poetry groups with other writers, sharing drafts, and encouraging creative efforts. She sincerely rejoiced in the talents of others, and was a vibrant and positive force in her community. Mrs. Littleton is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Blakely and Michael Mechau of Palisade, CO, three children and their spouses, Cecilia Littleton Edwards and David Edwards of Cortez, CO, Daniel A. Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell Littleton of Woodstock, NY, and Michael P. Littleton of Brooklyn, NY; three grandchildren, Joseph Edwards, Storey Littleton, and Penelope Littleton, and numerous beloved relatives both throughout the United States and abroad. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael S. Littleton, and her brother, Eugenio Tajon. Services will be held for Mrs. Littleton at St. John Neumann Church on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 9:00 AM. Visitation will be held at John Taylor Funeral Home on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Joseph Snyder

June 13, 2019

So sorry to hear the sad news about Hermie.

I knew her at AACC where I was a new faculty member in the 1970s. She was wise, and caring, and helpful.

As I look back over my life there are a handful of people that I wish I had taken more time to know well; Hermie is one of them.

Warm wishes to her family.

Joseph Snyder

Kristen Vickery(Buckman)

June 10, 2019

I remember Hermi not only as the mom of my childhood friend, Michael, but also as my college advisor. She was always so kind. You have my deepest condolences.

All my best,

Kristen

Josefine Brecht

June 9, 2019

In loving memory of my very dear Soulmate Hermie
and her true and most wonderful friendship to me
and my family, Katharina, Maria and Uwe, and for having become family.
Thank you from our deepest hearts for many years of
sharing time, thoughts, experiences, travelling together, visiting
Holy Places, the United Nations, your poems and literature, and so much more

Josefine

You were always light and inspiration for us
like with this poem, a gift of you:

Come Holy Spirit come
Come Holy Spirit come

Come like the wind and refresh us,

Come like the fire and burn -

Burn in our hearts with the desire to serve;

Come like the still small voice
to give us courage and strength

Give us the ears to hear the
message of S. Francesco and
S. Clara to love all your
creation and become
instruments of your Peace.

In the Name of Jesus Christ
our Lord we pray. Amen.

In memory of Assisi, Italy, July 1996
With much love

Hermie Tajon Littleton

Maria christina Tajon

June 8, 2019

Farewell to you grandma
I'm never seen you
But all the left stuff from ancestral house (Japanese doll), a very intelligent grandma I have which inspires me..
Warmhearthearted
The last dream that I have is to meet my only sister of my grandpa.
Neway may The soul of the faithful departed grandma Herminia Tajon Littleton rest in peace... 💐💐💐💐

Dorothy Sernaker

June 8, 2019

Simi and I were so saddened to hear of the passing of Hermina. Simi knew her better than I and we deeply mourn her passing. I was graced to be with her at several concerts. What a loving and caring person, with an encouraging and embracing spirit. She so loved her sons and family and granddaughter Storey, So many came up to her the night I sat with her just for a moment to share a hug as she gave her Light. May she shine with the holy and pure in the brightness of the firmament. Comfort to her family.
Thanks for sharing her poetry. An inspiration!

Rusi Patell

June 8, 2019

First time I met Herminia was in about 1954 when Estrella and I met at her at Penn station.
Last time I saw her was when I met her at Le Mond for lunch.
What a lovely lady with alluring smile , full of life with plenty of stories
To share.
I will miss her dearly.
Rusi

Tammy Harris

June 7, 2019

There were four people chiefly responsible for my love of AACC and my counselor, "Hermie", was one of them. I became ill twice while a student, and it was dear Hermie that took my hands and told me that the college wasn't going anywhere and it would be there waiting for me to come back to finish when the time was right. She helped put through all the paperwork so that I could withdraw or receive incompletes and finish late. It took me twice as long as I expected to earn my degree...but I knew that she was cheering me on and delighting in my triumphs. This was the Hermie I knew...full of love and support and energy! I would look forward to getting her signature on my course selection sheet just to be able to show her what I was up to next! I took great delight when she told me I was to be the valedictorian in 1985! And it was in no small measure the warmth and caring she showed me that compelled me to return as an adjunct in the mathematics department years later. She touched so many lives, mine being only one of them. The world is a much better place because she was in it and I thank her family for sharing her with us. May God bless you all and grant you peace as you mourn your loss and celebrate her entry into The Eternal Kingdom.

Dolores Moran

June 7, 2019

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of my dear friend, Herminia. Herminia and I became friends through our Catholic faith, attending St. John Neuman Catholic Church. We were both members of a prayer group, The Marian Movement of Priests. Our prayer group met once a month at St. John Neuman church. Herminia and I became good friends through the years and I always looked forward to our meetings. She was a very cheerful person and we were both alike in that we loved a good, friendly laugh or two. Her spirit would always cheer me up, even when she was suffering with health issues. Herminia will remain in my heart forever. I will miss her and send my deepest sympathy to her family.

Doug,Holly,Michael, Karen Meekins. (Greenacres)

June 6, 2019

All of the Meekins family were saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs, Littleton, A long time neighbor in Greenacres, she will truly be missed, remember the good times. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. love, the Meekins Family.

Bonnie Schupp

June 5, 2019

Herminia was in our poetry group, Poets of the Green Tables. Her poetry appeared in our group's second anthology. Her spirit shines bright in her words below:


Open Window

Graceful branches sway
by my open window.
Raised arms greet dawn
in spellbinding silence.

What an enchanted morning
bursting with truth and beauty,
their secrets ready to unveil,
like dew sparkling in sunlight!

Intimations of beauty
and truth, ever alluring,
illusive and intriguing,
like shapes in the fog or mist
with intensity pursuing.

O
that I were
like my open window.
Glimmerings of the true
and the beautiful may appear,
amaze with transfigured splendor,
whisper in the silence
at dawn
beyond knowing,
beyond words.

Herminia Littleton

And a video I took while a poet in our group, Sibylle, read one of her poems.
https://youtu.be/p-Ru6D3dbhc

FROM THE FAMILY